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GERALD W. HOLBROOK holds a Doctoral degree in organ performance from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Masters degree in piano performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
He has performed with several mid-west symphony orchestras; sung and recorded with the William Ferris Chorale and performed in Moscow and St. Petersburg while on tour with the Abendmusik chorus. With over 40 years experience in choral music he also has an interest in Gregorian chant, giving workshops around the country in this ancient genre and has three recordings to his credit.
Prior to his move to Colorado, he taught organ at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Gregorian Chant at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary.
In Colorado he performed with local ensembles including the Cheyenne Symphony, the Greeley Philharmonic, Seicento Baroque Ensemble and the Bailey Bach Festival with Simon Carrington. In addition he has performed with The Rocky Mountain Brassworks, the Boulder Mahler Festival Orchestra, , The Colorado Chamber Orchestra, and The Bach Festival at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins.
Dr. Holbrook is the former District Convener (Colorado) for The American Guild of Organists., and has been Dean of both the Lincoln (NE) and Tri-State (CO) Chapters. As a composer, he focuses on sacred music, particularly choral and organ works some of which have been performed by San Francisco’s noted Schola Cantorum as well as by church choirs around the country. For many years he worked for Opera Fort Collins as Chorus Master and Director of Outreach. He is now retired from the positions Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Boulder and the Associate Conductor for Seicento Baroque Ensemble, and currently resides in California.
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